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wildlife & nature • 8 days, 7 nights

Magical Galápagos: Wonders of Evolution

Ecuador
wildlife & nature • 8 days, 7 nights

Magical Galápagos: Wonders of Evolution

Ecuador
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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $7,590 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

The Galápagos Islands aren’t simply the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution; they continue to advance it, showcasing how unique life develops in distinct environments. Track species that can’t be found anywhere else, from encounters with “Christmas” iguanas and curved beaked albatrosses to glimpses of the finches that changed our understanding of the natural world. Snorkel through crystal clear waters, hike along wild volcanic ridges, and get a living lesson on ecology and conservation in one of the planet’s most fascinating, unique and wondrous habitats.

Highlights
  • Marvel at nature’s most weird and wonderful creatures
  • Snorkel among colorful fish, rays, and sea turtles
  • Hike in the Punta Suarez wildlife sanctuary
  • Observe researchers work to expand on Darwin’s theories
  • Glimpse blue-footed boobies, albatroses, and other incredibly rare birds
  • Explore the islands’ raw volcanic activity

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Additional Info

Pricing
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy. Internal flight costs are charged at a supplemental cost of $620 per person.      
Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,120. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

Activity Level

Participants should be comfortable walking 2 to 4 miles over the course of a day. You should also be prepared to participate in the itinerary’s various water activities, which include swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, as these are a highlight of the trip and some of the best ways to observe the local wildlife and geology. Please contact us directly if you have further questions about health and fitness level for this trip.

Arrival & Departure

You should aim to arrive in Quito by 4 p.m. on Day 1.

For departure on Day 8, we will aim to arrive in Quito around 6 pm and do not recommend booking outbound flights home earlier than 11 pm. There are a few air carriers with late flights, however, we suggest staying overnight in Quito if possible. We are happy to help arrange a post-trip hotel night at the Quito Wyndham airport (or similar) if required (extra fees apply.) 

Internal Flight

As part of the trip, we will have a domestic flight on Day 2 from Quito to the Galapagos Islands and on Day 8 from the Galapagos Islands to Quito. The flight is approximately 2 1/2 hours in duration and may include a stop in Guayaquil depending on the flight. Atlas Obscura will book this domestic flight on your behalf, but the cost is charged in addition to your trip price. Please refer to the Pricing section for more information. 

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Airport and departure airport transfers
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including shuttles, van, speed boats and inter-island air taxis
  • An experienced Trip Leader(s) to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • Galapagos Park entrance fees and tourist card
  • Admission and equipment for all proposed areas and activities, including kayaking and snorkeling
  • All gratuities (including porters, local guest tips, housekeeping, restaurants etc.); excluding Trip Leader gratuity
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Quito
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Internal domestic round-trip flight between Quito and Baltra Island (priced separately - see pricing section)
  •   Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • Entry/Exit airport taxes
  • COVID-19 testing requirements (if applicable)
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

Your participation in this trip helps to support the vital conservation work carried out by the Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Foundation. Together, these institutions study, manage, and protect the National Park, which covers some 97% of the archipelago's landmass, and the Marine Reserve. This work includes visitor education, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, captive breeding programs, and more. In addition, while most visitors to the islands travel by yacht or cruise ship, we'll stay in lodges and hotels. That means much more of the money we spend on food and lodging remains with local residents rather than international corporations. By providing financial incentives through tourism, local businesses and families are empowered to view wildlife and wild spaces as worthy of protection. You can increase your impact even more by purchasing souvenirs from locally owned businesses and by offering cash tips to lodge staff, drivers, boat crews, and local guides.

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Upcoming Departures

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